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Shania Twain apologises for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

By | Published on Monday 23 April 2018

Shania Twain

Shania Twain has apologised for saying that she would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. She made the comment in an interview published by The Observer yesterday.

In a statement on Twitter, she insisted that what she meant was that, had she been eligible to vote in the 2016 election – which, as a Canadian, she was not – she feels that she would have been taken in by Trump’s campaign rhetoric. However, she said that she does not “hold any common moral beliefs” with the American President.

In the interview, Twain says: “I would have voted for [Trump] because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

After a backlash from a portion of her fans on social media, she tweeted last night: “I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview … relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context”.

“I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current president”, she continued. “I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the president talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician”.

She concluded: “My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows”.

The interview was published to promote Twain’s upcoming world tour, which hits the UK in September.